Arcade Fire – Sprawl II

December 16, 2011

Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning “Album of the Year” The Suburbs may have come out a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been resting on their laurels. First there was the interactive video project for “We Used To Wait” in conjunction with Google. Then a film project with Spike Jonze for “The Suburbs” (and a full-length version released this past summer as part of the extended version of the album). Now comes another interactive video – this time for the bouncy “Sprawl II,” using your webcam to control the characters. Along with it is a standard music video featuring Regine dancing and bopping around various abandoned cityscapes. Oh yeah, there’s also creepy masked characters making some choreographed moves. And people wearing giant Arcade Fire masks (although there’s something lacking in the hairstyle of giant Win Butler). It all combines for what looks like a pretty spectacular looking dance party under the lights of a high school football field.

The Suburbs is of course available now, as is the extended edition with the full Spike Jonze movie and an 80-page book about the making and themes of the album. Let’s be honest though, you already own it. Here’s their Facebook and Twitter (which you’re probably already following as well).